Melbourne Victory beats Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0

Melbourne Victory beats Western Sydney Wanderers 2-0 thanks to a double by Oliver Bozanic. This boosted their chance to finish inside the top six.

Bozanic, who has been criticized time, and again this season, justifies his presence in the team not only with two wonderful goals but also with a great performance. His energetic display in the midfield allows him not only to score goals but also close down Sydney’s playmaker.

With Valeri available soon for Melbourne Victory, it would be interesting to see how both Bozanic and Valeri play together in the future.

Melbourne Victory was motivated from the start of the game and was determined to win this match. This was evident not only in attack but also in how the team defended together once they lose the ball. Victory’s form has been poor during recent weeks but in this game they were different. They were ready for a fight.

The first goal came when Oliver Bozanic fired a shot outside the box amidst the defenders. The outstretch keepers could not keep the ball out, and it was Melbourne that was leading.

Sydney Wanderers tried to equalize after having conceded the goals, but Lawrence Thomas denied them each time. Read more

Mark Hughes says that he has plans to deal with the dangerous Watford duo

Mark Hughes says that he has plans to deal with the dangerous Watford duo of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. Watford have exceeded expectations in the 2015-16 campaign and it has largely to do with these two players.

They have combined to devastating effect with the latter getting 14 goals already.Deeney, meanwhile, scored when Stoke City last came up against Watford. Hughes says that he has devised a plan to deal with the duo. He also acknowledged the managerial tactics of Quique Sanchez Flores as being brilliant. Hughes says that Flores would be considered for the PFA manager of the year award had it not been for Leicester City.

Watford were one of the favourites to get relegated. However, they have not been in a dogfight since the start of the season and they are just three points away from reaching the magical figure of 40 points for newly promoted clubs. Apart from doing well in the Premier League, the club has also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup. Since they do not have to worry about the league, Watford are expected to place their full concentration on reaching the FA Cup final. Stoke know a thing or two about reaching Wembley to play in a FA Cup semi-final as an underdog. Read more

Injuries and a busy schedule for Manchester City

League Cup, Champions League and the Premier League are all of the top competitions that Manchester City have to play within the next few weeks and months. It will certainly be a schedule with non-stop action for Manuel Pellegrini and his players but this is not good news for the English club as they are a number of key players which are out injured.

Fernando, YayaToure, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany and Samir Nasri are all of the players in the squad of Manuel Pellegrini which have been suffering with injuries in these past few weeks.

These injuries have forced Pellegrini on having to change around his squad for certain matches and the Chilean manager will have to continue doing those makeshift teams for a few more weeks unless his main players start to recover.

Even with all of the injuries that the players of Manchester City have been experiencing, the club has still managed to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup, secured a place in the last 16 of the Champions League and are still in the top spots of the Premier League. Read more